WA cops pressure state govt over wage deal

Wage negotiations between the West Australian government and police officers have stalled and appear bound for arbitration, the union says. Picture: Stock image
Wage negotiations between the West Australian government and police officers have stalled and appear bound for arbitration, the union says. Picture: Stock image

WAGE negotiations between the West Australian government and police officers have stalled and appear bound for arbitration, the union says.

The WA Police Union accepts members won’t get a pay rise greater than $1000 extra per year under the state government’s public sector wage freeze, but wants an extra week of annual leave.

President Harry Arnott said they had only been offered an additional day off.

“We foreshadow that we will be forced into arbitration by the McGowan government for a paltry 32 hours rest for police officers,” Mr Arnott said.

Industrial relations minister Bill Johnston says the state government can’t afford to meet the union’s demand, which would require hiring hundreds of additional officers to cover the extra leave.

But an “enhanced offer” will be made at a third conciliation conference in the WA Industrial Relations Commission on Thursday, Mr Johnston says.

WA police get six weeks a year annual leave but work public holidays.

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